"You know, it can be risky trusting him to have a sense of humor," Tony tells Valentina as Joey leaves to find the hose. "Did you think it was funny?" she replies. "Yeah, but what I think is funny is what an eight-year-old boy thinks is funny," says Tony. Even so, I still think it was a pretty shitty thing to do. Heh. Get it? "Shitty"? Tony ain't the only overgrown kid in the world. They banter a bit more, and then she hands over a business card and remarks that she knows a nearby painter who could do a portrait of Pie-O-My. Tony takes the offer under consideration, and glances down at the card to check her last name. It's La Paz, and Valentina explains that her mother was Italian and her father Cuban. "That can be a dangerous combination," says Tony. Finally, Joey returns, and gives Valentina a gratuitous grope to set up the rest of the episode's plotline.
From gratuitous gropes to Green Grove we go, as Paulie is in the process of checking Mama Walnuts into her new home. He and his mother stand and listen as the head nurse -- or whatever it is they call the boss of a nursing home -- patiently explains how to use the emergency call button in the room. Meanwhile, Little Paulie and Vinnie Delpino are in the background, unpacking boxes. Man, Vinnie still somehow manages to look like the oldest twenty-five-year-old to ever walk the Earth, doesn't he? He's got, like, a baby face with really bad wrinkles on it. It's very bizarre. It's also apparent that Mama Walnuts ain't exactly the sharpest tack in the box, but her eyes do light up when she learns that her friend Cookie will be living there as well. In fact, they run right into Cookie and her friend when Paulie leads Mom out into the hallway to go for lunch. Never one to demonstrate social graces when a tactless comment will suffice, Paulie pipes up with: "I don't understand. When I was kid, you two were old ladies. Now I'm old, and you two are still old." Heh. After Cookie helpfully exposits that her son is a high school principal, Mama Walnuts has to run back into her room to use the toilet. Once she's gone, Cookie leans in and conspiratorially whispers to Paulie that Mama Walnuts isn't going to be allowed to join their social circle. "It's a set group," she explains. "We eat together, we play Scrabble for money together, and there's really no room at either table." I'm sure there's Depends Undergarments/"Poo Ass" Scrabble joke to be made here, but the Steelers are heading into overtime, and my attention is somewhat divided. Anyway, Paulie pinches Cookie's cheek and fixes her with a mildly threatening glare as he suggests that they find a way to include Mama Walnuts.